Turtle Club Dining is Right on the Sand at Vanderbilt Beach Resort

If you are tired of having to choose between great food OR beach views, head down to The Turtle Club Restaurant at Vanderbilt Beach. It manages to combine an award-winning menu with a laidback casual dining experience where you can literally wiggle your toes in the sand. The restaurant specializes in fresh fish, seafood and hand-selected meats to ensure a memorable meal with unsurpassed Gulf views.

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Vanderbilt Beach Resort is Part of Naples’ History

The Turtle Club is within the Vanderbilt Beach Resort, which has been part of the Naples beachfront for over 50 years. Three generations of the Moore family can remember the Vanderbilt when it was the only hotel on Vanderbilt Beach. It has since been joined by many newcomers, but still offers the same excellent hospitality, whether you are visiting for a meal or a month!

Speaking of meals, The Turtle Club Restaurant offers lunch and dinner in the grounds of the hotel which extends right onto the soft white sands that southwest Florida is known for. Shady umbrellas over white tables are arranged right on the beach; the ultimate place to toast another beautiful sunset over the sea. But you don’t have to wait until late to enjoy this beachfront dining experience.

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Lunchtime dining at The Turtle Club can be a beautiful way to have a break from the sun without leaving the beach. Relax over a bowl of seafood chowder or tuck into one of the specialty salads. Hot pastrami on a grilled pretzel roll comes with baby Swiss and tangy house sauce. Fish and chips are always a popular choice, crisply battered with coleslaw, fries and a chunky gherkin remoulade. You can always sleep it off on the beach during the afternoon!

Dine Beneath the Stars at the Turtle Club Restaurant

After dark, The Turtle Club Restaurant is a romantic place to dine with just the sound of the waves turning gently on the sand. This Naples favorite is highly regarded, not just for its unusual Gulf location but also for its menu and service. Allow the expert staff to offer recommendations from the extensive wine list to complement your chosen entrée.

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The menu offers the freshest seafood and steaks, cooked to perfection by Executive Chef Rory Tierney and his team. The Gracious Coastal Cuisine menu includes premium steaks and chops that have been aged to the chef’s specification before being cooked over an oak fired grill to guarantee tenderness and flavor.

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Seafood includes blue crab claws, market oysters, lobster bisque and a boatload of snapper, sea bass, salmon and lobster dishes.

Dining at The Turtle Club Restaurant is sure to be memorable, for all the right reasons. After enjoying a beautifully cooked meal by candlelight, end your exquisite Turtle Club dining experience with a walk along the beach for the perfect end to a romantic evening. We know you’ll be back again soon!

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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